Shaniwar Wada fort in Pune is a prominent historical & architectural site. It was a royal mansion of Peshwa rulers of Maratha empire. This fort palace used to be the point of all political deliberations during 17th & 18th century.
Best Time To Visit: Tourists can visit Shaniwar Wada fort all year round. It remains open all days of the week.
Location: Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra (India) – 411030
Shaniwar Wada Fort Information
This palace is one of the most important, prestigious, historical & heritage places in Pune. It is palace fort situated right in the heart of Pune city. It was a seven storied palace and was the centre of all political activities of Maratha empire. This place has a very massive importance in the history of Maratha empire as well as Pune. It is one of the Pune’s main attractions till date. Nowadays, Archaeological Survey of India maintains & runs this palace.
One can see the leftovers of fort complex like massive fortification walls, 5 entrance gates, plinths of a fort and 9 bastions. Shaniwar Wada fort is among the must visit places in Pune and a perfect place to spend time with family.
It was built in 1732 as the mansion of the Shrimant Pahile Bajirao Peshwe who was prime minister of the legendary Maratha Empire. Peshwe were subordinate to the Chhatrapati (the Maratha king like Shivaji Maharaj & his successors). The construction cost of this mansion fort was Rs. 16,120/- at that time. About 1000 people used to stay in this mansion. Shaniwar Wada used to have a very strong security of Maratha army. About 3100 guards were there to protect the Shaniwar Wada fort from the enemies.
Originally it was a completely wooden structure which was very beautiful. But in 1827 it caught a mysterious fire which completely destroyed the fort. Only Aarsa (Mirror) Mahal of Shaniwar Wada fort remained intact in this fire. Due to improper maintenance, only stone plinths and the perimeter fortification wall has remained. A small room above the main entrance is still there which has wooden interiors. You can see a good panoramic view of the fort from this spot. Authorities display light and sound effect shows in the evening.
The architectural design of Shaniwar Wada is of Mughal style along with Maratha architectural styles. Various features of the palace include fountains, Ganesh Mahal, Rang Mahal, Aarsa (Mirror) Mahal, Diwan Khana, Hasti Dant (Elephant Tusk), gardens, courtyards, trees and substantial residential areas. Delhi Darwaja is the main gate of Shaniwar Wada fort which is about 21 feet tall. Nagarkhana of the palace shows the wooden pillars and beautiful lattice work. So it is undoubtedly one of the best forts in Maharashtra.
The main gate has metal spikes on it to reduce the intensity of the enemy attack. Mastani Darwaja is the another gate located in the north of the palace. Other gates of the fort are Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. The walls of the palace were painted with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. A sixteen petal lotus-shaped fountain was a splendid example of ancient architecture.
Shaniwar Wada Haunted Story
Few people said that Shaniwar Wada fort palace is haunted with supernatural activities. People living nearby the fort premises believe it is haunted with young peshwa prince. Narayanrao Peshwa who was the young prince was cruelly murdered by his own relatives in the fort. Since then his spirit still haunts the place and in the night. His screaming sounds “KAKA MALA VACHWA” (save me uncle) can be outside the fort also. The incidents of supernatural activity increase on the night of every new moon. Therefore, tourists prefer to visit this fort during daylight. Strange thing!
How To Reach
Being one of the major cities in Maharashtra, Pune has good connectivity via road, rail and air. Auto-rickshaws, buses and radio cabs are easily available from station or airport to reach Shaniwar Wada fort.
- Nearest Rail Station: Pune station is the closest rail head near the fort. The distance between both of them is nearby 3-4 kms.
- Nearest Airport: Pune airport is the nearest airport to reach this spot. Airport is 16 kms away from the fort.
Timings: Fort remains open all days to tourists from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm.
Time Required: 2 hours are enough to see Shaniwar Wada fort premises properly.
Entry Fees: Rs. 5/- per person for Indians and Rs.125/-per person for foreign tourists. The charges for sound and light show are Rs. 25/- per person. The show takes places daily between 07:15 pm to 9:10 pm in Marathi & English language.
Eating Stuff: As this spot is in the main Pune city, there are many eateries and restaurants nearby it.
Stay: There are many luxury, semi-luxury and budget hotel hotels in Pune. You can choose any hotel as per your budget and comfort.
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Do try to visit this historical spot if you are planning to visit Pune!